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Wednesday open thread: When was the last time the Lions were so embarrassing?

Sunday’s loss was surely the low point of the Patricia era.

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To call the Lions’ loss against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday embarrassing would be an understatement. It was so much worse. It was a low point. A low point for Matt Patricia, a low point for Bob Quinn, a low point for Sheila Ford Hamp’s tenure (although that’s not saying much). Some might say it was the lowest this team has been since the 2008 season, but one other time comes to mind for me.

Question of the day: When was the last time the Lions were so embarrassing?

My answer: It’s gotta be 2015 against the Chiefs.

It’s crazy to think that Jim Caldwell ever reached the level of success that he did with Joe Lombardi steering the offense. Lombardi had many of the same hallmarks of Patricia: He was only in Detroit because of the success of the coaches above them. He was stubborn, and either unaware or unwilling to adapt to the successful trends of the league.

Either way, Lombardi saw his way out the door and Patricia should soon. The Kansas City Chiefs in that 2015 game hung 45 points on the Lions. While that might seem usual now, this was the Alex Smith-led Chiefs. 45 points was a lot back then. Ironic how we’ve come full circle, with Alex Smith torching the Lions two weeks ago and almost certifying the end of Patricia’s time in Detroit.

When do you think was the last time the Lions were this much of an embarrassment? Let’s hear it.